The shield, commonly know as the losers cup, hosts only four teams this season. But that won’t stop the action as each team scrambles to gain what pride they have left and win a piece of silverware. Firstly we will re-cap on each team and review how well they did during the World Series this season.
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Although currently rated as a team likely to have the shield named after them along with the Lightning Claws, Creeping Death have had one of the most successful seasons as a newcomer. Their coach, Odin, who is new to coaching and the game has shown great promise in his ability to lead a great blood bowl team. They put a lot of teams under pressure by either taking the lead or equalizing in amazing style and class. The only thing that has let this team down was consistence in their normal playing style, if they could maintain the pressure they apply and hold the scoreline they could be one of the most deadly teams in the leagues history. An experience of a season in which they could still walk away with some silverware if they are triumphant in the Shield. Be sure to look our for Gandalf Thor who has so far proved to be invaluable to the teams attack.
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The first Underworld team to enter the HDWSBBL, old veteran Arcarni Spark was hoping he could carry the same good fortune he had with the Tail Slammers. Sadly this was not to be his season as the team went 5 games without a win before finally winning their only match so far against newcomers, Creeping Death. The reason why this team full of sneaky gits remains a mystery even to the expert analytics’s. The team should of done better this season with Arcarni at the helm, but due to the animosity towards the two races which could of resulted in their poor performance this season. They do however have a chance to regain some reputation if they go and win the Shield this year, a task which Arcarni Spark is accustom to having won one previously himself. If they can sort out their differences then they could better the opposition, if not then I’m sure the team would be carefully dismantled by Arcarni himself. Despite the poor performance the aptly named Shell Four has been the rock in the team scoring 8 touchdowns this season.
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The Blackburners have surely had the most unluckiest season to date since the days of the Manhunters and Damage Inc. After missing out on third place after loosing a crushing defeat by Creeping Death and vast array of crippling last minute plays by their opposition they find themselves in the Shield. The team started off very well with a draw against the Marauders but they just couldn’t keep up against their next few opposition. Currently they are having a four game loosing streak and they are sure going to be playing very hard to shake the streak off and advance through the shield semi-finals. If they can keep their nerve and stick to basic plays then they can certainly win it. To help them do this their rock at the front, Tantor TE, and Minotaur star has caused a head smashing 5 casualties so far this season and doesn’t look like he will settle for that.
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Without a doubt the biggest shock of the season so far. The Vixen’s who were highly praised for their wonderful debiting season a few years ago were favourites to make it to the play-offs. But with a terrible loosing streak of 9 this season and a career total of 13 straight matches without a win fans around the old world could not believe what they were seeing. Not only did the Vixen’s have no luck in any of their matches, none of their tactics ever went accordingly and their fan base slowly deflated week by week. But all was ended after a shock victory against the Tribe and a second against the under performing Lighting Claws. If they can keep this winning streak going they will surely go on and win the shield proving all of their critics wrong. Their star player Victor, who has been very quiet all season until recently, will surely guide the team to glory having scored an amazing 25 career touchdowns and also winning the best player of the season award two seasons ago.
This years competition for the shield will surely be a tough one to call as each team has rapidly improved over the last few weeks which will indeed make for very interesting matches. So as promised here are my predictions for the tournament.
Creeping Death vs The Blackburners
This will be a very tough match to call (I have a feeling they will all be…). Creeping Death have improved like a fine wine and have really picked up the sport quicker than any rookie team we have seen it recent years. The Blackburners have been the weaker team but only contrasted with their results, their ability on the field has indeed been brutal and only a a few unlucky plays have spelled defeat for the Chaos Dwarfs. That being said I do believe that Creeping Death are the more prepared team and are likely to handle the pressure better unless the Blackburners come out a really show the fans a treat from the start.
Predicted Win: Creeping Death
Lightning Claws vs Valhallen Vixens
Previously the Vixens stormed the Claws and wiped the floor all over them in a decisive victory, and with a full squad at their disposal it looks as though they could repeat history. But lets not forget about the Claws, who have a previous Sheild winning coach at their side who is also accustomed to last gasped attacks. If the Claws can keep the Vixens quiet then they stand a chance, but I feel that they will be the winners yet again.
Predicted Win: Valhallen Vixens
Creeping Death vs Valhallen Vixens
This match will be one of the matches to watch during the play-off period if it takes place. Both teams will be out to prove themselves and earn that last little bit of respect from their fans and other teams in the league. Although whichever team finally wins, both will have no doubt proved their worth. The tightness of this match would be nail-biting and it will go either way, making this prediction the hardest of all. The only thing which will determin this is experiance which the Vixens have and therefore will not feel the pressure of a big final. Creeping Death could take it if they stand strong but I can’t see this happening unless they cause a major dent in the Vixens attack.
Predicted Win: Valhallen Vixens & Shield Winners
That concludes all reviews and predictions for the upcoming play-offs. I wish all the teams the best of luck and hope you all find glory in your matches.
– Bob Fortune